penny barkas vegan mum

I am Vegan Mum. Welcome to my world!

Vegan Blogger

Who am i?

Well, I’m a vegan and I’m a Mum, so pretty straightforward really. Known as ‘Mumsy’ by my 3 grown-up children, it is (hopefully) a benign term of endearment!

And with my gorgeous grandson now in the world, I’m also a Nansy. Similar sentiment I hope.

So that’s it, I’m not really all that interesting and you may therefore be wondering why I have this website! But veganism is interesting and learning to live as a vegan can at times be very easy, or very challenging, depending on the circumstances.

Veganism causes you to ask some important questions:

  • How do you deal with that legion of flies in your kitchen?
  • What do you do about the mouse chewing through the wires in your loft (and competing nightly with Ryan Gosling for that tap-dancing trophy)?
  • Should you take your GP’s advice and break from your vegan lifestyle whilst you’re pregnant, or bringing up young children?
  • What are we going to eat tonight that’s quick?


Yes, the last point is tongue-in-cheek (but probably heard in vegan households throughout the land!)

Anyway, I hope this website facilitates conversation, helps people to see how easy it can be to live as a vegan, and tackles some of the more knotty problems that can come your way.

Most of all, whether vegan or not, I hope it’s an enjoyable way to pass some time.

Vegan Food

Bottle of Marsala Wine with dried shiitake and mixed mushrooms scattered beneath a plant

Mushroom Gravy Recipe

This Vegan Mushroom Gravy recipe with shallots and cream is quick and easy, and is delicious with nut roasts, or on anything with mashed potato

4 vegan chorizo sausages cooking in a frying pan with a sprig of thyme

12 Best Vegan Sausages

Best vegan sausage brands detailing nutrition, price range and the best recipes to use them in

Vegan Sausage traybake with courgettes, peppers, potatoes, onion, garlic and crusty bread

Vegan Sausage Recipe for a Tasty Traybake

Vegan Sausage Recipe – Tasty Traybake The Humble Vegan Sausage We had a friend round to dinner recently, a non-vegan, and the conversation arose (as

Vegan Lifestyle

Lifestyle shot of Pack of Dr Vegan Debloat and Detox Supplement with a bottle of alcohol free prosecco and plants in front of window

Dr Vegan Debloat and Detox Review

The pace of modern living can cause us to ignore the stress we inflict on our bodies because of rushed meals, food sensitivities, ultra-processed products,

Image of Coco the very cute Lhasa Apso dog with a dirty face where she has been burying treats in the mud

Vegan Dog Shampoo – 5 of the Best

Many of us put a lot of time and effort into finding the right vegan shampoo for ourselves, so it’s only right that we invest


Image of brightly coloured East by Meera Sodha Cookbook

East by Meera Sodha – a Cook Book Review

East by Meera Sodha is full of tasty, meat-free recipes. With straightforward instructions and easily available ingredients, this is the perfect cookbook for everyone, whether

Moon reflecting on sea

Quench the Moon, by Walter Macken

Author: Walter Macken Genre: Fiction Editor’s rating: 4.5/5 Stephen O’Riordan is a boy growing up in the harsh, atmospheric landscape of Connemara. The novel explores

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